Multilingualism in tokyo: A look into the linguistic landscape

Peter Backhaus*

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研究成果: Article査読

140 被引用数 (Scopus)

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This paper is about multilingual signs in Tokyo. It is based on empirical research conducted in 2003. Special attention is given to the distinction between official and nonofficial multilingual signs. It will be demonstrated that the two types of signs exhibit some essentially different characteristics with regard to the languages contained and their arrangement on a sign. These differences will be interpreted using the notions of power and solidarity. While official signs are designed mainly to express and reinforce existing power relations, nonofficial signs make use of foreign languages in order to communicate solidarity with things non-Japanese. Both types of signs have their share in changing Tokyo's linguistic landscape.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)52-66
ページ数15
ジャーナルInternational Journal of Multilingualism
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DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2006 1月 1
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 言語および言語学
  • 言語学および言語

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